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Doctor's Orders (Star Trek: The Original Series Book 50) by [Duane, Diane]
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From School Library Journal

YA-- While on a routine diplomatic mission on the planet Muscae IV, Kirk disappears, leaving Dr. McCoy acting captain. When a Klingon vessel arrives laying claim to the planet, its landing party also vanishes, resulting in a confrontation with the Enterprise. While Doctor's Orders does not boldly go where other novels haven't gone before, it is a fast-paced, well-written adventure in which the characters remain true to the Star Trek universe. Dr. McCoy, with his wry sense of humor, brings an added dimension to the story.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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When Dr. McCoy grumbles once too often about the way the U.S.S. EnterpriseTM ought to be run, Captain Kirk decides to leave the doctor in command while he oversees a routine diplomatic mission. Kirk beams down to a strange planet nicknamed "Flyspeck" to negotiate its admission into the Federation, leaving Dr. McCoy to enjoy his new authority.

However, the doctor soon learns that command is a double-edged sword when Kirk disappears without a trace. Desperately trying to locate his captain, McCoy comes under pressure from Starfleet to resolve the situation immediately. Matters go from bad to worse when the Klingons arrive and stake their own claim on Flyspeck.

Then another, more deadly power threatens them all, and suddenly Dr. McCoy and the Starship Enterprise find themselves pitted against an alien fleet in a battle they have no hope of winning.


Product Details

  • File Size: 667 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek; 1st edition (September 22, 2000)
  • Publication Date: September 22, 2000
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC0NK0
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I liked it. I liked Dr. McCoy's characterisation and his crustiness, but what I REALLY liked was how the ship acted like a ship. They discussed department head meetings and worried about things like how dehydration effects bridge crew performance during space combat. The crew of the ship did a lot of real crew things, not just sit at the com console and looko busy. Chekov was proud as heck to be the briefing officer at a staff meeting. McCoy thought about writing paper on various subjects. Spock acted as a department head and directed his staff apropriately. This is the stuff about trek novels that I REALLY like, not going up against omnipotent space beings (although this novel has that too) or making dramatic speeches.
Ms. Duane always puts a lot of research into her books, be them the Spiderman trilogy she did or anything else. It was a delight to see the crew discuss and go over first contact procedures and act truly as a vessel of exploration.
My biggest delight was in the obligitory space fight against the Orion pirates. The space battle wasn't just 'fire torpedoes' and stuff like that. They worried about orbits and parabolas and perahelions. There was real thought put into tactics and strategy here.
Also, this book marks the second instance where trek ever used the third dimension (Star Trek II was the other). As they were involved in a fight, Kirk ordered to Sulu to go full impulse along the z axis (straight up).
And finally, the way Ms. Duane dealt with the Universal Translator was just great. it really made you believe in the technology of the ship and her crew, and was not just a simple plot device like in the shows.
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Several years ago I spent the summer checking out Star Trek paperback novels. There were two that I went out and purchased so I could have my own copy and "Doctor's Orders" was one of them.
While orbiting yet another strange planet, Captain Kirk beams down to handle diplomatic negotiations and places Dr. McCoy in charge of the Enterprise. It seems Bones has been wearing himself down in Sick Bay and he wants to give the good Doctor a rest. Of course, no good deed goes unpunished. No sooner does McCoy take the center seat then Kirk disappears and the Klingons show up looking to pick a fight.
The situation is a bit contrived since I find it hard to believe that Starfleet regulations do not allow Spock to assume command, but who cares? The scenes where McCoy talks to the Klingons or goes toe to toe with Spock are well worth it. Duane's humor in these conversations is entirely grounded in the characters, which was always the strength of Star Trek. This is not a big epic like many of the Star Trek novels tend to be, but there are only so many times the gang can save the universe (I believe the number is 56). This is a delightful tale and well worth the reading.
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This is an older Star Trek novel (I'm writing this in Jan 2005, about 15 years after it came out). But it's still a good one. It has a scenario that seems somewhat implausible, but is one of those things Trek fans kind of always wanted to see. In short, McCoy is forced to be captain of the Enterprise after Kirk goes "Oh yeah, well, if you think you can do it, go do it", but then disappears, forcing McCoy to be the Captain. Why Spock couldn't take over is mostly ignored, but still.. :)

Had some great McCoy lines, some intersting interaction with the Klingons, basically a good fun read. As one of the other reviews here said, it's not the most grandiose story - it's not a "Save the universe" type of thing, but is a good situational fun read.

I'm also biased somewhat, as I appear in the book. Some years ago I talked to Diane Duane online, and struck up a friendship. She had asked me about being in one of her books - this was it. I'm in there as one of Dr. McCoy's medial assistants. "Lt. Joe Siegler". I later get eaten by a tree. When Diane Duane asked me what I wanted my character to do, I said "die".
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It has been a while since I read or enjoyed a TOS episode or novel, and I really enjoyed this. This story showcased McCoy the ornery, southern doctor from the original show. When he complains too much to Kirk, Kirk awards him with the helm for the day. This is about McCoy coping with his new leadership role and how he deals with Kirk's disappearance.

I thought McCoy and his interaction with the other characters was well-done. The planetary life on the planet was different, and the Klingons... In particular the enemy commander amused me. I only wish McCoy performed the captain's liver transplant himself.

I would recommend this to readers of ST TOS fiction, and for those who want to see Bones in action. You won't be disappointed. Now, I just wish there was a sequel.
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Diane Duane's prior Star Trek novels have given us a level of insight into the main characters of the series that we were never really able to see during the run of the show. This novel is a chance for her to turn her talents specifically on Dr. McCoy, and allows us to really see his relationship with Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew from a totally different perspective.
From the first chapter to the last, Duane has captured vintage McCoy; we even have the added benefit of hearing it from the "inside" during those parts of the story when he must struggle to face an impossible situation. When he winds up in command, after complaining once too often to Kirk regarding how the ship is run, McCoy -- and the readers -- find out just how challenging it really is to sit in the "center seat."
As with her past novels, Duane has not forgotten about the other core characters. Each has his or her own moment in the sun; however, there is no question that this novel belongs more or less exclusively to Dr. McCoy.
This is another beautifully crafted Star Trek tale from an extremely talented author.
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